Plowers stay ahead of plunging temps

Plowers stay ahead of plunging temps

(WOIO) - This latest arctic blast brought heavy snow to even the western and southern parts of the area. Digging out for residents and city workers was no easy task.

"We probably got 5, 6 inches."

Chris Webber is working double duty, literally. Fresh off his first job as a plow truck driver for the city of Rocky River, he's headed to his second

job on Monday, his private plowing company.

"They called me in at 1:30 this morning. I was in a city plow truck for 12 hours, then I got in my own personal vehicle," explains Webber.

Around 14 hours into it, Webber is ready for a rest. But he knows if he doesn't get it done, it could mean more work ahead, including an icy mess.

"Otherwise, it's going to be an ice rink. It's hell on the equipment," says Webber.

Plow truck driver Joseph Whissel pulled out a shovel to clear the path leading up to a Westlake resident's home.

"This is a route the guys fell behind on. So I'm just helping them out. Normally, I don't shovel, I just plow," says Whissel, who says he prefers plowing because he gets to stay in a warm truck.

We spotted several residents out using their snow blowers early Monday evening, while the snow is soft, rather than deal with an icy headache

as the temperatures drop.

"I just got home, so I want to get it done now 'cause I'm afraid we're going to get some more," shares one resident.

As for Webber, he takes a quick break and is back at it again.

"It's just one of those things. You gotta hustle, get it done, sacrifice the body, the mind and some sleep," he says.

Experts warn to be careful while shoveling. Make sure you don't overdo it by staying outside too long.

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